IELTS Academic Writing Practice 28

 
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The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words in response to a particular graph (bar, line or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something works, how something is done). This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe and compare data, identify significance and trends in factual information, or describe a process.

You Should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 150 words
QUESTION:

The diagrams show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features.

Write at least 150 words.

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Question

The diagrams show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features.

Write at least 150 words.

Your Essay

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Model Essay
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QUESTION:

The diagrams show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features.

Write at least 150 words.

Composition Exercise
Fill in the gaps with the words or expressions in bold used in the model essay above.

The diagrams illustrate the stages in the development of a silkworm as well as the manufacture of silk cloth from its cocoons.  Overall, there are four stages from egg to moth, and five steps in the production of cloth.

Initially, the female moth deposits her eggs on a mulberry leaf.  Ten days later, silkworm larva hatch out and consume the leaf as food.  They do this for a further four to six weeks before beginning to spin cocoons from silk thread.  This process usually takes between 3 and 8 days by which time, stage four has been reached and the cocoons have been finished.  A further 16 days later and a mature moth emerges from its former casing to once again lay eggs on a new mulberry leaf.

The production of silk cloth may only happen at stage four when the larva is still encased in its cocoon.  The first step to making silk cloth is to choose the best cocoons.  Following this, the chosen cocoons are boiled in a large pot of water in order to cause the silk thread to ease around the outside.  Once boiled, unwinding may begin.   A single cocoon may produce between 300 and 900m of thread.  This is then twisted and passed through dye, so that finally it may be woven into cloth.

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Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

The diagrams illustrate the stages in the development of silkworm as well as manufacture of silk cloth from it’s cocoons.  Overall there four stages from egg to moth, and five stages in the production of cloth.

Initially, the female moth deposits her eggs on a mulberry leaf.  Ten days later silkworm larva hatch out and consuming the leaf as food.  They do this for a further four to six weeks before beginning to spin cocoon from silk thread.  This process usually take between 3 and 8 days by which time, stage four has been reached and the cocoons have been finished,  a further 16 days later and a mature moth emerges from its former casing to once again lay egg on new mulberry leaf.

The production of silk cloth may only happen at stage four when the larva is still encasement in its cocoon.  The first step to making silk cloth is to choose the best cocoons, following this the chosen cocoons are boiled in a large pot of water in order to cause the silk thread easing around the outside.  Once boiling, unwinding may begin. A single cocoon may produce between 300 and 900m of thread. This is then twisted and passed through dye. So that finally it may be woven into cloth.

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Step 1: Analyzing question

Make a Plan: (3-4 mins)

Overall

Two processes

Four stages (egg to moth), five stages in the production of cloth

Silkworm lifecycle

Lay eggs hatching maturing spinning a cocoon moth emerges

Silk cloth production

At stage 4: choose cocoons boil in water unwinding of silk thread twisting/dying woven into cloth

QUESTION:

The diagrams show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features.

Write at least 150 words.

Step 2: Planning
Introduction + Overview (5 mins)
  • Paraphrase the question & state key details.
Overview: (3 mins) Body Paragraph 1 (5 mins):
  • Describe first half of process
Body Paragraph 2 (5 mins):
  • Describe second half of process
Check work (1-2 mins)

If you have many grammar/spelling mistakes, you could check your work sentence by sentence to help you quickly reduce them. Otherwise, you should spend a few minutes at the end of the writing period to check for the following.

Step 3: Write the essay
 
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